Education

Youth homelessness remains a problem in Ohio

BY: - January 17, 2022

Statistics don’t tell the whole story as the pandemic throws into sharp relief issues the state’s been having for years, including homelessness and its impact on Ohio students. While the state has plenty of numbers on school enrollment, proficiency of the students and even the sharp 25% increase in home-schooling that has happened during the […]

School district coalition files lawsuit challenging Ohio’s private school voucher program

BY: - January 5, 2022

A group of school districts in Ohio are suing the state, saying the way in which private schools are funded is unequal and unconstitutional. The public education advocacy group Vouchers Hurt Ohio announced the lawsuit Tuesday morning in a press conference. The court challenge, filed the same day in Franklin County Common Pleas Court, specifically […]

School enrollment numbers grim, state superintendent lays out future plans

BY: - January 3, 2022

The Ohio Department of Education is still watching the impact from the COVID-19 pandemic affect the children of the state. Interim Superintendent of Public Instruction Stephanie Siddens had to deliver some grim realities last month to a Senate Primary and Secondary Education Committee eager to learn about what the next steps will be for school […]

Incoming Ohio school board association presidents look to the future, away from controversies

BY: - December 28, 2021

The Ohio education scene is attempting to move on from different hot-button issues, like the use of racial history as a fire-starter in board meetings, and push further on how funding should be spread among districts. School boards across the state have had to listen to a very recent conservative political movement that claims, by […]

Lawmaker pitches tax breaks and financial aid to “GROW” Ohio

BY: - December 7, 2021

Ohio has ceded one of its congressional seats in the coming decade thanks to growth rates that haven’t kept pace with other states around the country. Rep. Jon Cross, R-Kenton, is making a stab at reversing that trend with legislation he’s calling the GROW Ohio Act which aims to attract and then retain college students. […]

Cranley calls for lottery commission oversight of sports betting

BY: - December 3, 2021

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful John Cranley is calling on state lawmakers to abandon a sports betting measure that has already passed the Senate, and instead establish sports gaming under the Ohio Lottery Commission’s existing authority. Cranley argues that approach would avoid a lengthy court battle and make more funding available for public schools. The Cincinnati mayor […]

Biden unveils plan to blunt potential COVID surge this winter

BY: - December 3, 2021

WASHINGTON — Reimbursements for at-home rapid COVID-19 tests. Tougher testing requirements for international travelers. More emergency response teams to aid states combating infection spikes. And another big push to get Americans vaccinated. Those are the latest steps to fight COVID-19 that President Joe Biden announced Thursday, after to senior administration officials briefed reporters Wednesday night on […]

House Democrats pass Biden’s $1.85 trillion ‘Build Back Better’ plan

BY: , and - November 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Democrats united around a landmark $1.85 trillion social spending and climate bill on Friday, sending the major plank of President Joe Biden’s economic agenda to the Senate. Democratic leaders in the House heralded the 220-213 near party-line vote on the so-called Build Back Better bill, touting its provisions on child care, education, health care, taxes […]

Armed teachers bill passes Ohio House

BY: - November 18, 2021

Some teachers-turned-legislators urged their colleagues to vote against a bill to authorize school boards to allow teachers and other school personnel to come armed to school. House Bill 99 would create a minimum amount of training, 20 hours initially and four hours on a recurring basis, for educators to bring guns to school. The bill […]

Virginia parents, GOP lawmakers vow national push for ‘parents’ rights’ in public schools

BY: - November 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — Republican lawmakers and Virginia parents trying to capitalize on their success in the November election on Tuesday gathered across from the U.S. Capitol to voice their opposition to mask mandates and lessons about racism in public schools. The ranking Republican on the U.S. House Education and Labor Committee, Virginia Foxx of North Carolina, […]

Armed teachers bill passes out of committee

BY: - November 12, 2021

A bill allowing the arming of teachers with school board authorization passed through an Ohio House committee on Wednesday. The House Criminal Justice Committee passed House Bill 99 without any testimony, and with quick rebuff of amendments brought by Democrats. The bill seeks to allow teachers to carry weapons with a minimum amount of training, […]

COVID harmed kids’ mental health — and schools are feeling it

BY: - November 9, 2021

This story originally appeared in Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts After more than 18 months of school closures and social isolation, the nation’s more than 50 million public school children are mostly back at their desks. But two months into the fall semester, teachers and students already are saying they need a break. The […]